To break the cycle of poverty, HCDF has been offering a quality education to the children of the community since the 1980s. L’Exode schools have developed an excellent educational program as exemplified by the high student exam scores. Parents are eager to enroll their children in the L’Exode schools, which currently include over 1,500 students in HCDF-supported schools across seven campuses. Responding to the tragic destruction of so many high schools in the 2010 earthquake, HCDF launched its own high school in 2012, partnering with a US university to assure the buildings are durable in earthquakes and other storms. The academic standards at L’Exode schools are as high as any in Haiti. HCDF extends even greater opportunities for its top high school graduates by offering university scholarships to advance beyond high school and then return to the community in leadership roles.
Unlike most of Haiti, nearly 100% of the school age children in Fond-des-Blancs go to school. The concept of beginning a child’s education at age three to five years old began when HCDF began encouraging preschool age children in the community to attend their school.